Sacred Heart 6th in decathlon
[email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Sacred Heart School’s Academic Decathlon team placed sixth overall among 106 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles competition. Eighth-grader Katherine Martini took first place in science, sixth-grader Nathaniel Hunter was the fourth-place finisher in literature and eighth-grader Lucio Celeste was fifth in math. “The test was kind of easy to me, so I wasn’t sure,” said Katherine, 14, who took a written test on a book about mammals. “I took notes, made flash cards, and read the book once. I just kind of remembered it.” The decathlon was held March 17 at the Los Angeles Sport Arena. A sixth-place finish is not the best Sacred Heart has done. In previous years the team has taken first- and second-place honors. “I think they really learned how to work as a team. Over the period of time, they have become very supportive and protective of each other,” said Judy Harbison, who teaches algebra, computers and fourth-grade advanced math. “Spending as much time as we do together has made them a little family in themselves.” The team consisted of 12 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders – 10 competitors and two alternates, or “understudies,” as they are called. The team also placed sixth in the Super Quiz and first in its Deanery, the group of eight schools to which Sacred Heart belongs. There were six returning students from last year’s team, three of whom were competitors, Harbison said.